Security is a top priority at Port Everglades. Ensuring a safe and secure environment for enterprises as well as individuals has become a critical, built-in function of the Port's infrastructure.
Capital Improvements Program
Port Everglades completed a massive $48 million security infrastructure program after the terrorist attacks in 2001. The strides in security enhancements and improvements have been significant. Spanning several budget years, the results have been measurable. Key highlights of this program include:
- Construction of a new Security Operations Command Center
- Closed-circuit television monitoring systems at all entrances
- A new barrier wall to protect hazardous materials
- Staffed access-control gates that separate traffic flow and facilitate passenger and cargo movement
- Radiation Portal Monitors monitored by U.S. Customs & Border Protection to screen all containerized cargo leaving the port via truck transport
- Tighter perimeter barriers with fencing around restricted areas throughout the entire port
- STARS (STOLEN AUTOMOBILE RECOVERY SYSTEM) cargo x-ray system
- Technologically enhancing Foreign-Trade Zone #25 with monitored security cameras, an upgraded fire alarm system and an automated inventory control system
- State-of-the-art X-ray screening area in Southport Container Complex which allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection to scan containers as they depart the docks, resulting in more efficient movement of cargo
Since 9/11, the number of Port checkpoints were increased. Law enforcement has had an even more prominent presence. Identification badge requirements and background checks are strictly enforced. All of the state-of-the-art security enhancements put in place to date are making Port Everglades stronger and safer.